Daily Archives: Thursday, April 12th, 2012

HDR – Reach to The Heavens

This shot is another HDR image from a long day at the Inner Banks of Eastern North Carolina. This area is just slightly off the beach at Goose Creek State Park. See the sand at lower left? :)  During post-processing, I considered straightening the lines for a more realistic perspective. But, after thinking about it, the upward reach toward the center of the frame started to appeal to me. So, here it is . . . trees reaching to the heavens.

Processing: The five images were loaded into Nik HDR Efex Pro for tone mapping and selective Control Point processing to add some structure to the sky, tree trunks and foreground. Then I used Adobe Photoshop for Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlights to balance the tones. I also made color adjustments using Hue/Saturation and finally added a little more depth with Curves and sharpening with High Pass Filter.

Equipment used: Nikon D700 with 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 lens set to f/16, ISO 200. Manfrotto 190XPROB with 486RC2 ball head.

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